Minnesota State Highway Construction Projects Wrap Up

2016 road construction season comes to an end

The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that 246 projects around the state will be or have wrapped up, as the 2016 road construction season comes to a close.

Large projects completed this year include the Dresbach Bridge in southeastern Minnesota; Interstate 494, I-35E, Highway 100, and Highway 610 in the Twin Cities Metro area; I-94 in central Minnesota; and the I-94 interchange at Highway 75 in Moorhead.

Projects in Northern Minnesota included:

  • Highway 53 Relocation Project: Crews work to install the large steel girders that will support the roadway and pedestrian walkway on the bridge over Rouchleau Pit. Beams will be placed throughout January and bridge deck work will start Spring 2017 (Cost: $4.3 million)
  • I-35 Pine County Resurfacing and Bridge Replacement: MnDOT reduced the effect to motorists of this project by completing in one construction season. Pavement resurfacing, new guardrail, new approach panels, and a new bridge were all included in the project. (Cost: $27 million)
  • Highway 217 Resurfacing and Bridge Repair: Crews repaired the Highway 217 bridge, just south of International Falls, at the Rat Root River and resurfaced 17 miles of highway. (Cost: $4.8 million)
  • I-94/Highway 75 in Moorhead: Project wrapped up in late October and included constructing auxiliary lanes on I-94 and reconstructing the 94 and Highway 75 interchange to a diverging diamond. (Cost: $13.9 million)
  • Highway 75 Near Kent: Highway 75 realignment removes the road from the flood plain and eliminated a low-clearance railroad bridge. Crews constructed a new bridge over Whiskey Creek, which was weight restricted. (Cost: $9.8 million)
  • Highway 11 in Baudette: Project finished 17 days ahead of schedule, and resulted in modernization of city utilities, improved drainage, enhanced pedestrian safety, and estended the live of Hwy 11 pavement and Baudette Bay Bridge deck. (Cost: $5.8 million)

A list of all current construction projects is at:  www.dot.state.mn.us/roadwork/current.html. For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 511 or log on to www.mndot.gov

Motorists can keep informed about projects and other transportation topics by connecting to MnDOT via social media or signing up to receive email updates at www.mndot.gov.

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